A Year on the Edge

He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, the daring young DJ aims only to please.

Maybe it’s a metaphor for a year like no other: Nevada earned the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate, highest foreclosure rate and lowest high school graduation rate in the nation.

At the same time, its cultural stock—at least in the culture of nightlife—soared, as some dubbed Las Vegas “the new Ibiza.” In a moment so wildly divergent, maybe the only thing to do is grab a bottle of champagne, as DJ Steve Aoki did on Oct. 24 at XS, and let ‘er rip.